HP Announces Its First Android-Based Tablet For $169
By Vijaykumar Meti | February 25, 2013 6:14 PM EST
Hewlett-Packard (HP) is back into the tablet market but this time with Google's Android operating system. On Sunday, just a night before Mobile World Congress (MWC) was to officially start in Barcelona, HP announced its first Android running tablet, the HP Slate 7.
"To address the growing interest in tablets among consumers and businesses alike, HP will offer a range of form factors and leverage an array of operating systems," said Alberto Torres, senior vice president, Mobility Global Business Unit, HP.
"Our new HP Slate7 on Android represents a compelling entry point for consumer tablets, while our ground-breaking, business-ready HP ElitePad on Windows® 8 is ideal for enterprises and governments. Both deliver the service and support people expect from HP," he added.
As the name 'HP Slate 7' indicated, it features a 7-inch screen at a resolution of 1024 X 600 pixels, powered with ARM Dual-Core Cortex A9 processor at 1.6GHz clock speed paired with 1GB of RAM and operates on Android Jelly Bean operating system.
It also includes a 3 megapixel primary camera and a VGA front facing camera for video calls and chats. It has 8GB internal storage and has a built-in microSD card slot for expanding memory. Other features include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and a set of stereo speakers with Beats Audio technology.
The HP Slate 7 is expected to go on sale in the United States and globally in April with a starting price of $169.
Recently the South Korean electronics giant, Samsung Electronics also introduced its new 8-inch tablet called as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, ahead of MWC at Barcelona. It seems Samsung is directly competing with Apple's iPad Mini which was launched last year featuring a 7.9-inch screen size.
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